Another New First
I didn’t anticipate this one. My small publisher decided to pursue other activities in life. No, she was not arrested and no, she did not lose an election. She is just out of the publishing business
Now that she’s out, I’m in.
Because she is an honest person, she returned my unsold books. I’m more fortunate than many authors whose publishers have gone out of business.
Good news: The trade paperback version of Murder Manhattan Style is once again available. You can purchase it at my website http://www.warrenbull.com/ for $14.00.
Also good news: My book got great reviews from some great writers.
Praise for Murder Manhattan Style
I’d jump at the chance to buy this book
I’m going to learn English so I can read it
Verily I say to thee
O’er this author
I shall not fawn
But I’ll steal his plots
For sweat revenge
As thee will see
Afore too long
Warren Bull is a short story master, and his collection shows him at his best with quick stories told in crisp prose. There’s variety, drama, history, pathos, compassion and even Shakespeare here, along with surprising and satisfying endings in every story.
—Nancy Pickard, New York Times Bestselling Author
In this collection, Warren Bull takes his readers across the American landscape with stories of justice and injustice, truth and speculation; and humor and noir. The Manhattan in the title sometimes refers to the suave part of New York and sometimes to its prairie twin in Kansas. The stories are equally diverse. Bull writes tales of children outwitting their elders in the name of what’s right in turbulent Bleeding Kansas; of card sharks, clever dames and tough guys out on the town in the flush days of post-World War II; of an anguished husband and another furious father thwarted while seeking revenge; and a crime writer who really can’t handle rejection. Bull proposes intriguing questions—What if the ghost of Hamlet’s father wasn’t an apparition after all?—and moral ones—At what point is personal danger more tolerable than the loss of human dignity? Warren Bull is a thoughtful, gifted writer who blends history, language, pathos and a fine wit to tell terrific stories.
— Ramona DeFelice Long, author and independent editor
Murder Manhattan Style by Warren Bull is a collage of well-written stories as different as their settings, ranging from the Manhattan in Kansas to the town of the same name in New York with whistle stops along the way. Characters as diverse as a young brother and sister encountering crime and prejudice in 1850’s Middle America, tough-talking gumshoes of the 1930’s and 40’s Big Apple, to some who practice crime in the present day. Even a delightful homage visit with guys and dolls in Damon Runyon mode, those lovable characters who begin each day with the racing form and end it with whatever scheme looks profitable.
Wherever and whenever these well-drawn characters play out their stories, there’s more to savor than what they do and say. Underlying each engaging tale is a glimpse of what’s going on in their minds and how they mentally process what’s going on around them. It takes a practicing psychologist to relate that element so sharply and, fortunately for readers of these stories, that’s precisely what Warren Bull happens to be when he’s not writing fiction.
Highly recommended morsels for when you want to spice up your reading diet with variety.
— Earl Staggs, Derringer Award winning author and author of Memory of a Murder
"Witty, charming, and clever, Warren Bull’s stories capture perfectly the plains of Manhattan, Kansas, the mean streets of Manhattan, New York, and everything in between. His characters sparkle with humor and smarts."
— Lisa Harkrader, author of Nocturne, a YA fantasy, William
Allen White Award winner for Airball: My Life in Briefs
Bad News: It’s up to me to sell them. I got a business license. I put up a Paypal button on my website. Does anyone want to buy a limited issue first edition?